More than 100 guests came to witness the official opening of the Centre on 2nd May 2018 in the staged area within the precinct. Celebrations commenced with Welcome to Bindal Country by Jenny Wyles, followed by a performance by the Wulgurukaba Walkabout Dancers. Messages were delivered by JCU's Provost Professor Chris Cocklin, Pro Vice Chancellor for Indigenous Education and Strategy Professor Martin Nakata, and Vice Chancellor Professor Sandra Harding. Guests enjoyed morning tea in the main foyer area.
Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture Series
Mabo Day occurs annually in Australia on 3rd June. It commemorates Edward (Eddie) Koiki Mabo (1936-1992), a Torres Strait Islander whose campaign for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights led to a landmark decision in the High Court of Australia on 3rd June 1992 that overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius, which had characterised Australian law with respect to land and title since the voyage of Captain James Cook in 1770.
JCU celebrates the history-making Mabo decision with the long established Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture Series, an annual public commemorative presentation by a prominent person who has made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian society.
Indigenous Student Awards
The Indigenous Student Awards are designed to reward and encourage Indigenous students’ efforts to persist and succeed. The celebration provides an inspiring showcase to other Indigenous students and to our many supporters across the JCU community, the Indigenous community, across education, Industry and government sectors, and the community at large.
Celebrating Indigenous Student Graduations
Share in the joy of honouring our recent graduates attending Cultural Sashing ceremonies and the JCU Cairns and JCU Townsville Graduation celebrations.